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A year later, hope dissolves into disappointment
Philly.com ^ | 1/17/10 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA

Posted on 01/17/2010 8:14:25 AM PST by Born Conservative

A year ago, on an Inauguration Day like no other, Barack Obama placed his hand upon the Lincoln Bible and then assured a weary nation that, with hope and virtue, we could "brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come."

Across the country, in Seattle, Glen Boyd had only just entered his own economic storm. A couple of weeks out of work as a DIRECTV salesman, the Obama supporter nevertheless watched the inauguration on TV with a kind of goose-pimply, things-are-bound-to-get-better anticipation. He really felt it, that thing which the poet Alexander Pope said springs eternal.

"I felt a tremendous sense of pride. I felt like he was the right guy. I felt a sense of optimism," recalls Boyd.

Now, a year later, Boyd writes this in his blog: "We believed what the man said in all those `yes, we can' speeches. My one question is, where are all those reassuring speeches now?"

"To say I'm disappointed by the Obama presidency thus far would be an understatement."

Forget "can," "change" and, above all, "hope." The new word echoing in the blogosphere and beyond as Obama enters Year Two: disappointment.

The polls have shown a wide decline in Americans' approval of Obama since he first took office last Jan. 20. In fact, according to the latest Gallup Poll, he entered his second year with one of the lowest approval ratings of any president in the last half-century (50 percent of Americans approved of his job performance at the first of January, and 44 percent disapproved.)

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: bho; bho44; bhoanniversary; fourthanniversary; hopeandchange; miserablefailure; obama

1 posted on 01/17/2010 8:14:26 AM PST by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative
The Obama magic is gone. He isn't inspiring any more. Obama was like the proverbial bolt of lightning in a bottle. The country has moved on.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

2 posted on 01/17/2010 8:15:57 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Born Conservative

Hope and Change => Hoax and Chains


3 posted on 01/17/2010 8:16:29 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: goldstategop

“Yes We Can . . . Screw You Better than Anyone in History!”


4 posted on 01/17/2010 8:19:47 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Born Conservative

He’s not my president. He has never made even a single good faith gesture to be my president. He’s been an “in yo’ face” champion of corrupt far left interest groups since Day One.


5 posted on 01/17/2010 8:19:50 AM PST by behzinlea
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To: Born Conservative

Liberals who have been mugged etc.


6 posted on 01/17/2010 8:20:20 AM PST by relictele
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To: Born Conservative

The words of Malcolm X to all of the Obammy supporters:

“I say and I say it again, you’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been HOODWINKED, BAMBOOZLED, led astray, run amok.”


7 posted on 01/17/2010 8:22:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Born Conservative
NOW we know the truth ... It was all a lie. A shuck and jive act, start to finish. You've been hoodwinked and bamboozled America.
8 posted on 01/17/2010 8:22:22 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: Born Conservative
The author needs to write a follow-up article: "Why Simpletons Continue to Put Hope in Empty Suits."

C'mon, tell me ONE SINGLE voter who knew anything about Obama's childhood, college years, early Chicago community organizing, his law practice, or his Illinois voting record as State Senator as they pulled the lever.

When you put your hope in something you know absolutely nothing about, of course you will be disappointed. I would love to think that this puts an end to future meaningless "hope and change" candidates, but alas, history has this remarkable way of repeating itself.

9 posted on 01/17/2010 8:23:54 AM PST by The Citizen Soldier (At the first of the year I feared for my grandkids... then it was my kids... now it's me.)
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To: Born Conservative
I have read similar stories before but never tire of them.

When I read them I feel HOPE that we can CHANGE back to America.

As The One™ stumbles and fails, unicorns jump over rainbows, pooping jelly beans, and bluebirds sing again.

10 posted on 01/17/2010 8:26:20 AM PST by Gorzaloon (FOX NEWS-For people who are SICK OF SEEING The ONE..)
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To: Born Conservative

Just posted on Facebook, waiting for the libs to attack me!


11 posted on 01/17/2010 8:29:13 AM PST by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: Born Conservative
that thing which the poet Alexander Pope said springs eternal.

If this pathetic excuse for a writer had known the whole couplet it would have made even more sense:,/p>

Hope springs eternal in the human breast--

Man never is, but always to be, blessed.

Fits the 'rat scam to a T.

12 posted on 01/17/2010 8:31:24 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Gorzaloon
There's a poll at the link:

READER FEEDBACK
What grade would you give President Barack Obama's first year in office?
A+
 
  21 (2.5%)
A
 
  28 (3.3%)
A-
 
  25 (3.0%)
B+
 
  58 (6.9%)
B
 
  64 (7.7%)
B-
 
  36 (4.3%)
C+
 
  28 (3.3%)
C
 
  55 (6.6%)
C-
 
  68 (8.1%)
D+
 
  47 (5.6%)
D
 
  81 (9.7%)
D-
 
  60 (7.2%)
F
 
  246 (29.4%)
Incomplete
 
  19 (2.3%)
Total votes = 836
What do you think of Obama's first year?

13 posted on 01/17/2010 8:32:18 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Born Conservative
From the article: "A couple of weeks out of work as a DIRECTV salesman, ..."

As long as liberals think that the role of government is to create jobs, there will be much suffering.

The government didn't create DirectTV, but it did encourage the irresponsible lending which resulted in a financial meltdown that would discourage companies from investing in expansion. That this man doesn't realize that government is not his friend is an indication that he has much yet to learn and much more suffering to endure.

14 posted on 01/17/2010 8:34:08 AM PST by William Tell
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To: Born Conservative
"I felt a tremendous sense of pride. I felt like he was the right guy. I felt a sense of optimism," recalls Boyd

The perfect example of why ignorant people should not be allowed to vote

We all knew where this would lead before zer0 even "swore his oath"

15 posted on 01/17/2010 8:42:37 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM where are you?)
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To: Born Conservative

Amazingly, Obama can blame much of his failure on that reflection in the mirror.

Obama voters can be proud that there is a chump born every minute.


16 posted on 01/17/2010 8:49:13 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: behzinlea

Agree and I believe he was deliberately sworn in improperly so it could be done in private with the Koran rather than Bible.


17 posted on 01/17/2010 8:52:42 AM PST by mcshot (Son of Liberty.)
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To: Born Conservative

The hell with Obama and his approval rating. This isn’t about this worthless piece of crap anymore, it’s about America, our country and our home. How can we get this guy out of office, legally, does anyone here know? Impeachment, re-call election? I’m serious, I’d like to know because this land we love is in serious trouble and this jackass is not up to the task. He’s destroying America every day and every hour. 10% unemployment, a rapidly devaluating dollar , rising Islamist terror, and the general malaise and angst out here cannot go on for three more years. Obama has to go.


18 posted on 01/17/2010 9:04:22 AM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Born Conservative

More like daily outrage.


19 posted on 01/17/2010 9:06:48 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

HOPE = DOPE

The DOPE’s let their ideology get in the way. Had they gone strictly after the number one issue THE ECONOMY that Americans desperatley wanted and had some impact doing so over the first year he would have gained some trust thus allowing this health farce to be stoked more easily. He can thank Peloser and Reid this ...... because the ideologues ran from the gate day one he is now having to put out their doings in Mass on a Sunday.....


20 posted on 01/17/2010 9:16:57 AM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Born Conservative

Hope for WHAT? The destruction of freedom and liberty? The destruction of the Constitution? The destruction of Capitalism? When you see the polls and discover that this marxist thug moron STILL has 45 of the country thinking he’s doing a good job you just have to cry!! How can we have produced so many whining, complaining free-loaders who want to suck the government teat?????? It’s absolutely sickening.


21 posted on 01/17/2010 9:26:52 AM PST by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: aimhigh
Hope and Change => Hoax and Chains

I've seen it before but thanks for posting. Short and sweet.

22 posted on 01/17/2010 9:32:01 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Born Conservative
OH bam mah

Proof that with enuf dough you can purchase any political seat in the US, including that of POT us.

It was just very obvious this last time around.

23 posted on 01/17/2010 10:16:14 AM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: sionnsar

That has the look of a poll that’s been FReeped! :)


24 posted on 01/17/2010 10:17:52 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Born Conservative
This is the result of "blank screen" politics. You can "win" using this tactic, but you cannot sustain the "win" ... and in the end it will cause his destruction:
The Patriot's Flag - Blank Screen Politics
25 posted on 01/17/2010 10:22:52 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Born Conservative
Aside from the obvious ACORN (now COI) and SEIU shenanigans, many Americans chose style over substance (not that the GOP's choice of McCain provided very much in the way of substance).

They now have neither.

26 posted on 01/17/2010 10:59:15 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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